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Challenges in the Adoption of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

Wed, 10 January, 2024

The adoption of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) technology, especially in the context of vehicles, faces several challenges spanning from high initial costs for implementation, to storage-distribution limitations, public perception barriers, competition, and regulatory bottlenecks.

The MAST3RBoost project aims to be part of the solution towards overcoming some of these challenges in the adoption of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen technology, encompassing technological, environmental, and practical aspects that will contribute to the advancement of this clean energy solution.

Our ground-breaking work on hydrogen storage and transportation, exemplified by the development of the first worldwide adsorption-based demonstrator at the kg-scale, signifies a leap forward in efficiency and practicality of storage. Utilising wire-arc additive manufacturing to create lightweight vessels tailored to specific transportation spaces supports the overcoming of manufacturing challenges.

Using numerical calculations and creating a digital twin of the system will help in the design, optimisation, and performance prediction of the hydrogen storage system, contributing to efficiency and reliability.

Finally, the project’s specific emphasis on eco-design of the storage system aligns with the broader goal of sustainable development, considering environmental factors throughout the design and development phases.

The journey toward widespread adoption of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) technology is undeniably challenging, but the MAST3RBoost project aspires to stand as a beacon of innovation and progress. Your engagement, and support are crucial to driving positive change and realising the potential of FCH. Connect with us, stay informed on the project’s latest updates, and be a part of the movement toward a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

You can find out more about the MAST3RBoost project on the dedicated project website, here.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe's research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101058574. TWI's work in this project is funded by Innovate UK under grant no 10040807.

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